An African American Justice System

By Ashley Woods,

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told a crowd of 18,000 in Detroit on Sunday that African-Americans should set up their own courts after being failed by the U.S.’ own justice system. “Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own courts. You failed us,” Farrakhan said during the keynote speech of 2014’s annual Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day convention, according to the Detroit Free Press. (. . .)imgres

Standing on stage in front of U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Farrakhan told the crowd to look to the Quran and the Bible for guidance in setting up separate courts that would be more fair to African-Americans.

The Nation of Islam (NOI) religious movement, founded in Detroit in 1930, calls for uplifting the condition of African-Americans. The separatist group has been accused of being “deeply racist,” anti-gay and anti-Semitic; the group’s beliefs and practices are not embraced by traditional Muslims.

The Nation of Islam’s “Muslim Program” calls for equal justice for African-Americans under the law. But it also calls for bildeNOI followers to establish their own state under the law to be subsidized for 20 years by “our former slave masters;” an end to taxation on African-Americans if a separate state is not created; “separate but equal” schools divided by race and the release of all NOI followers from prisons and jails. ( . . .)

During his Saviours’ Day speech Sunday, Farrakhan also compared himself to inventor Henry Ford, another famous Detroiter, and one with notedly anti-Semitic views.

The Nation of Islam leader championed Ford’s success in improving the living conditions of his employees, saying Ford was “a great man who was called an ant-Semite,” the Associated Press reported. Addressing accusations that the Nation of Islam is also anti-Semitic, he quipped, “I feel like I’m in good company,” but added, “I don’t hate Jews. What I hate is evil.”

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This Day in Black History: Louis Farrakhan is Born

The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage by Susan Altman

Louis Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan

On this date in 1933, Louis Farrakhan was born. He is an African-American religious leader in the Muslim community.
in New York City, he was an outstanding student at Boston English High School and then attended Winston-Salem Teacher’s College. Farrakhan was an excellent musician; he played the violin and was a calypso singer. It was as a singer that he earned his livelihood before converting to Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam in the 1950s. He quickly worked his way up to a leadership position, becoming the minister of the Boston mosque.

He loudly denounced Malcolm X after the latter split with Elijah Muhammad in 1963. He soon assumed leadership of the Harlem mosque, which Malcolm had previously led. After Elijah Muhammad’s death in 1975, he briefly supported Muhammad’s son and designated successor, Warith Muhammad, as leader of the Nation of Islam. Shortly after Warith Muhammad began accepting whites as members within the Nation of Islam, now renamed the World Community of Al-Islam in the West, Farrakhan split from him and established a rival organization with about 10,000 members.

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